Desert Sun is a free desert preset for Lightroom that boosts warm colors in photos to give a stark impression of sweltering desert heat. Colors become more vivid, making even barren desert landscapes so attractive.
This preset has deep orange tones that not only make desert colors right, but it also has balanced tones that enhance clarity and depth. This really is a preset that’s great for beginner and professional photographers! The result is great each time. Be sure to keep it on your Lightroom preset panel if you plan to take more photos of deserts.
An orange hue coats the After photo, along with an increase in sharpening and clarity. Cool colors, in contrast to warm tones, are made less saturated; see how the sky is lightened to give a feel of the midday heat. Notice also how a tweak in exposure makes the details of the background terrain more visible.
The adjustment in contrast adds depth to the example desert photo above. The colors in the After photo above are made more visible: the landscape is more orange and detailed. The sand dunes have become finely textured; the sharper lines in the sand have now become an accent, even a point of interest.
Notice how the shadows are increased to complement the tangerine hues. This creates a balance between this desert preset’s generally brightened look and the elements’ corresponding shadows. Color, texture, and depth are given equal attention in the process; this thus gives a unique and versatile effect that infuses warmth without distorting or overblowing tones.
The above image demonstrates how this free preset illuminates the scene primarily through a special increase in the luminance of warm hues. In this minimalist Sahara shot, see how the dunes are appealingly in sunny orange, and how the subject’s dress now appears distinct because of it. This preset is thus particularly useful if you intend to underscore the layers within your photograph.
This final photo encapsulates the unique aesthetic of this Desert Sun preset: elements become more vivid and defined, warm tones are amplified, shadows are darker, and cool hues lighter. It is especially designed to capture the feel of a hot, dry, sunny day. It is ideal to use for beach shots, or scenes primarily comprising warm hues.
Like all our Lightroom Presets, you can absolutely use Desert Sun as is, right out of the box. With any preset, you might need to make adjustments to accommodate your specific camera, settings, lighting, and subject matter.
- Entirely Adjustable
- Designed for Adobe Lightroom for PC, Mac, and Mobile
- Includes Lrtemplate and XMP preset formats for Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic desktop apps
- Includes DNG preset format for the free Lightroom mobile app
- Applicable to both RAW and JPG images
- 100% Free Preset Download
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